This was the first time I have ever participated in a meal packing event and it was pretty amazing. Row after row of meal prep stations were set up and teams of eight were formed. I asked my sister-in-law Michelle to volunteer with me, however, there were groups of all sizes. After a brief introduction and a quick instructional video, we found a table and got to work. For two hours we worked side-by-side taking turns at the different tasks packing meals.
The process was quite simple, two people alternated holding bags under the funnel while one person scooped in the chicken flavor and vegetables. Next, another person scooped up soy protein and rice and dumped them in. From there the bags moved along to be weighed. Each bag had to be within a certain weight requirement. Once the weight was checked the bag was handed off to be sealed and then finally boxed. The Manna Packs, as they are called, make six meals when re-hydrated with hot water. Our group packed 468 bags enough for 2808 meals. Many of the starving children who receive these meals, it is the only meal they get for the day or several days.
For most of us, it is unfathomable to go without food and wonder where our next meal is going to come from. If it's on your heart to give back Feed My Starving Children has Mobile Pack Events set up all over the United States. Imagine the difference you could make in just two hours of time.